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Does Viagra Help with Premature Ejaculation?

Aysha

Medically reviewed on October 15, 2019

by Dr. Aysha Butt, Medical director

Dr. Aysha Butt is the Medical Director of FromMars, and is a GP Partner at Woodcote NHS Medical Practice.... read more

Viagra, it’s a miracle drug, Right? Whatever issues you’re having in the sack, Viagra is all you need. Right?

Wrong.

Whilst Viagra is an effective way to deal with erectile dysfunction (ED), it won’t cure all performance issues. Specifically, it won’t help with premature ejaculation. And here’s why.

What is premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation is when a man ejaculates faster during sex than he or his partner would like. Ejaculating too quickly happens to most men now and again, but it counts as premature ejaculation when it happens often or every time you have sex. If you want to get really technical, the clinical definition of PE uses the following three conditions:

  1. You nearly always ejaculate before sex, or within one minute of starting sex
  2. You can’t delay yourself from ejaculating
  3. You feel negative consequences of ejaculating quickly, like frustration, distress, and wanting to avoid sex

What is Viagra, and what does it do?

Viagra (with the active ingredient Sildenafil) is a drug which is used to treat ED. It works by improving the flow of blood to the penis, making it easier to get and keep an erection (erections are caused by the penis filling with blood). Other ED meds like Levitra (Vardenafil) and Cialis (Tadalafil) work in a similar way to Viagra, so when we talk about Viagra here, you can include these meds too.

Can Viagra help with premature ejaculation?

Unfortunately, for the vast majority of men, Viagra doesn’t help with premature ejaculation.

You’ve probably heard stories of a friend of a friend who took Viagra and lasted all night. There’s rarely any truth behind these stories though. Viagra won’t increase your sex drive, or make your penis bigger, and for most men it won’t make you last longer.

Scientists have studied the effects of drugs like Viagra, and they’ve found no broad evidence that it helps men last longer during sex. When men have premature ejaculation, usually they don’t have a problem getting or keeping an erection. The issue is they climax too fast, so improving the blood flow to the penis won’t help.

With one exception…

In some rare cases, medication like Viagra may help. Sometimes premature ejaculation can be caused by worries about erectile dysfunction. If a man finds it difficult to get, and especially to keep an erection, he may rush through sex to ejaculate as fast as possible rather than face losing his erection. If this is the case, drugs like Viagra may help if they take away the stress about losing an erection, letting you relax and focus on the sex. Erectile dysfunction is only one of the many causes of premature ejaculation though, and if it’s not a problem for you, then Viagra won’t help.

So what can I do about premature ejaculation?

So the bad news is that Viagra most likely won’t do anything for PE. But the great news is that there are plenty of other things you can do to control it, either by changing your behaviour or buying PE meds. Or both.

Behavioural treatments for premature ejaculation

Try changing things up by:

  • Masturbating an hour or two before you have sex, as you may well last longer if you’ve already ejaculated.
  • Prolonging how long it takes you to orgasm when you masturbate. When you get close to ejaculating, stop and wait for the sensations to decrease, then start masturbating again. You may be able to train yourself to last longer before you ejaculate.
  • Using a condom. They make you less sensitive, and some condoms even contain numbing agents that can help reduce your sensitivity.
  • Using lubricant, as more lubricant means less friction, and that may help you last longer.
  • Kegel exercises. Research has shown that these pelvic floor exercises can help some men get more control over their ejaculations.
  • Focusing more on other aspects of sex, like foreplay and oral sex to take the pressure off and have more fun.

Medication for premature ejaculation

Priligy is one of the best PE meds. Take the tablet a few hours before you plan to have sex, and it will temporarily increase serotonin levels in your brain (serotonin is a messenger chemical that affects how your body works), which should prolong the time it takes for you to ejaculate and increase your control over ejaculation. Because it can be taken before sex, and its effects are short-lasting, Priligy is an effective and convenient treatment for premature ejaculation.

Although Viagra, and other similar drugs like Tadalafil and Vardenafil, are effective treatments for ED, they won’t help most men with PE. That’s not what they’re for. But if you have PE there are loads of things you can do to overcome it.

So, it’s time to get started.